Mayoral Candidate Vivian Moreno has a Come to Jesus meeting with the council… Council is in complete denial of the City’s true economic condition, and may not have farthing of what is really going on. Private Sector businesses must make cuts all the time, a 10% cut across the board would be nothing, a 20% cut may take a little thinking. The decisions our leadership has made over the last ten years has brought us to this stage in the game. Further, I do not believe that the Council and Mayor actually know how much tougher it will be in the coming years. The easy thing to do is raise taxes, but tax payers have already had their pockets emptied out. The Public Sector should act as the Private Sector. The Private Sector does not have an incidental source of reliable revenue such as taxes, they must bite the bullet, the City will now have to do the same.
Will the residents bite the bullet for the pain of higher taxes?
Let’s not forget the City was hit with a $115 million dollar General Fund/ Prop 26 law suit, and will also have to be settling a $5 million dollar sexual harassment law suit, and there will be more. Taxpayers are tired of all the waste, fraud and abuse.
They will cut your services, before they will cut employees. They will make you feel the pain of ‘no services’ then come back and tell you that we need to ‘raise taxes.’ You will be in so much pain you will just say ‘uncle,’ for sweet relief. The City will ask you to “bite the bullet” to help soothe your pain of higher taxes, because they screwed up over the years. The City needs to stop using RPU as their personal piggy bank, there are more law suits on the way.
I can assure the readers of the Press Enterprise that the $115+ million lawsuit filed against the City for extracting illegal taxes out of RPU ratepayers did NOT originate from the Davis’ camp, as Bailey stated. I can also assure ratepayers that the days of this City overcharging them to play all sorts of shell games involving illegal taxes disguised as utility fees are coming to an end. My hunch is, there will be MANY more lawsuits coming in the upcoming years, and folks will begin to realize the extent to which City Hall electeds and appointeds have been abusing them for years…and they will be mad as hell. Hopefully, finally mad enough to throw the bums out. – Jason Hunter
OT and Other Pay should be looked into in Police and Fire, this would never occur to this degree in the private sector, these number our off the charts. We would actually be able to hire more police if this was cut.
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